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1 Peering Outside the Silo: Portrayals of Mental Disorders and the Education of Healthcare Professionals David H. Flood, PhD Drexel University Philadelphia, PA, USA

2 Literature and Madness Literature Course Literature “about” madness Healthcare Course Madness through literature Mental disorders as seen through literature; analyzed using literary theories, concepts

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4 The instructor --My evolution towards medical humanities The students --Health sciences context The course --Specific examples of application

5 What do they need? What do they want? How can my course help ? The Students

6 Relevance Patient/client communication Professional and personal self Problem solving Empathy (stories vs. labels)

7 Tools of literary analysis narrative theory: coherence narrative deconstruction narrative therapy narrative psychology Macro level—narrative structure, plot, theme

8 Ilya Repin, Poprishchin [Gogol’s madman] (1882) Gogol, “The Diary of a Madman” (1835)

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10 From The Portable Dorothy Parker Parker, “Big Blonde” (1929)

11 Tom Wesselmann, Big Blonde, 1989

12 Deconstruction Cognitive therapy Narrative therapy Narrative psychology

13 Micro/Elemental Level Metaphor Symbol Word choice Tone Details Harry Clarke, “The Tell-Tale Heart” illustration, 1919

14 Deconstruction Dissonance Intentional fallacy Cognitive therapy Narrative therapy Narrative psychology

15 Reader Response Criticism Patient as text The Elephant Man The Scream

16 Gil Lesser, cover for play (1979)

17 Edvard Munch, The Scream (1893)

18 Theme song for Madness and Literature (Napoleon XIV: “They’re Coming to Take Me Away,” 1966) newmradio.wordpress.com


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